Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care is building a community-wide coalition focused on preventing the use and abuse of drugs and underage alcohol use in the Elizabethtown community. Through education and awareness communities have the ability to transform thereby becoming safer communities.
What is a coalition?
A coalition is a group of individuals and groups representing all twelve sectors of the community (see picture). This group works together to design and put into effect comprehensive, community-wide substance abuse prevention strategies. These strategies are intended to change community norms and standards of conduct related to substance abuse within the community. A coalition is not known so much as an individual entity, but as the sum of its total membership.
Coalitions are comprised of members from the following sectors: youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement, religious organizations, civic organizations, health care professionals, governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse, or other groups or individuals such as senior citizens and persons in recovery. Each sector adds a unique perspective to the work of the coalition and is necessary in order to successfully tackle substance abuse issues.